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USP’s Community Development programme gets Australian accreditation

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Students of Certificate III in Community Development working with a community in Fiji.

The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) Certificate III in Community Development programme has been accredited by the Australian Community Workers Association (ACWA).

The programme is offered by USP’s Pacific Technical and Further Education (Pacific TAFE), which provides skills based qualifications for employment opportunities at an entry and para professional levels, pathways for higher studies and career advancement for working people.

Certificate III in Community Development isa programme that enhances students’ knowledge in community development issues and challenges both current and emerging, appropriate community development processes, approaches, strategies and skills to enable them to be effective community workers, trainers and leaders in terms of addressing and coping with these community development issues and challenges.

It involves field practical work in a community by using participatory and learning approaches, processes and skills that they have learnt under this course, to help communities effectively contribute to their own development needs. 

In a letter to Professor Rajesh Chandra, USP’s Vice-Chancellor and President, Sha Cordingley, ACWA Chief Executive Officer said ACWA maintains a public register of all ACWA accredited programmes and USP programme has been added to the ACWA accredited programme finder.

“This programme and campus accreditation is granted on the basis of the education provider’s commitment to comply with ACWA course and campus accreditation requirements and the ACWA Code of Ethics at all times,” Ms Cordingley said.

Professor Chandra said this is yet another welcome news for the University as it moves towards it 50th anniversary celebrations in 2018.

“The University recognises that external accreditation of its programmes by professional bodies is not only an important component of its quality assurance framework but increases the employability of our graduates,” he said.

He added that the quality of its programmes is one of the things USP is known for and international accreditation is the best validation for this.

Director of Pacific TAFE, Mr Hasmukh Lal said this programme was taken over from Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) in 2014 and elated to note receiving international accreditation in a short time.

“As a newly integrated learning and teaching section, achievement of international accreditations significantly increases motivation of staff and students and gains stakeholder confidence,” Mr Lal said.

This is Pacific TAFE’s fourth international accreditation. The other programmes that have been accredited are Certificate III in Early Childhood Education & Care by Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority ( ACECQA) and Certificate III in Commercial Cookery and Certificate in Hospitality Operations by the International Centre for Excellence in Tourism and Hospitality Education   ( THE- ICE).

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